Similac Formula Recall Information
Temporary Allowed Formula Substitutions for Abbott/Similac Recall
UPDATED: February 2023
On February 17, 2022, the FDA recalled many Similac powdered infant formulas. To ensure infants continued to receive the formulas they needed during the formula shortage, additional brands of infant formulas were authorized for WIC participants. Per the FDA and USDA, production of Similac Infant formula has returned to adequate levels such that substitutions are no longer needed for standard contract infant formulas. If you have been purchasing Enfamil, Gerber or Parent’s Choice standard infant formulas with your WIC benefits, you will need to purchase Similac Advance, Sensitive, Isomil or Total Comfort beginning March 1, 2023.
Different can sizes of Abbott Similac products are still available for purchase with WIC benefits until April 30, 2023. Review the WIC-Approved formula substitution list for details.
Helpful tips for parents who are having trouble finding baby formula.
WIC benefits help to provide healthy pregnancies, healthy growth and development for women and children up to the age of five years old.
What you should do
- Use your WIC Approved Food Guide (en espanol) when shopping to help you choose WIC-approved foods.
- Use your WIC benefits at one of the state-wide approved WIC Vendors. You can also use the WIC Shopper app to find the nearest WIC vendors and clinics.
If you miss or need an appointment, or have a question, call your local WIC Office (hours of operation varies per agency) or call the RIDOH Information Line (401) 222-5960.
To make shopping with WIC easier, learn more about Rhode Island WIC's new shopper app.